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    GF Distribution Guide by geekboyzero

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    FINAL FANTASY VIII
    GF ALLOCATION GUIDE v. 2.1
    
    Brandon g
    geekboyzero@hotmail.com
    http://brandon.pulpexplosion.com
    AIM: TomokanGuy
    
    
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      I.  VERSION HISTORY
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      - 02.23.05 / v. 1.0 - First guide created
                          - Final Setup added
                          - Guide rejected by GameFAQs :P
      - 02.24.05 / v. 1.1 - Leveling Up setups added
                          - GF Items section added
      - 02.27.05 / v. 2.0 - Added setups for the entire game
                          - Guide accepted by GameFAQs :)
      - 03.03.05 / v. 2.1 - Improved on some of the setups
                          - Added Neoseeker.com to list of approved sites
    
    
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      II.  BORING STUFF
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    This guide is copyrighted (c) 2005 by me, Brandon Gregory. You shouldn't 
    reproduce it and use it to make money. Not only is it bad for your
    eternal soul, but it's also a violation of copyright, and I will hunt
    you down and make you cry. This guide is for private use only (as
    opposed to, I don't know, matters of national security). If you want to
    post it on your site, just ask me first.
    
    Feel free to e-mail me regarding this guide. I'll try to get back to you 
    if the message warrants a reply. I won't put everything you send to me
    in the guide; but if you send me something that really adds something to 
    this guide, I'll give you credit.
    
    The latest version of this guide can be found at one of the following
    websites:
    
      - http://brandon.pulpexplosion.com/FF8_GF_Distribution.txt
      - http://www.gamefaqs.com
      - http://www.neoseeker.com
    
    
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      III.  TABLE OF CONTENTS
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        I.  Version History
       II.  Boring Stuff
      III.  Table of Contents
        1.  Introduction - Why Write This?
        2.  The Setups
            [2.1]  Disc 1
            [2.2]  Early Disc 2
            [2.3]  Late Disc 2 / Early Disc 3
            [2.4]  Leveling Up (w/ Squall)
            [2.5]  Leveling Up (w/o Squall)
            [2.6]  Final Setup
        3.  General Tips - Why I Made That Chart the Way I Did
        4.  GF Items
        5.  What's Next?
        6.  Thank-Yous, Credits, and Other Stuff
        7.  About the Author
    
    
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      1.  INTRODUCTION  -  Why Write This?
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    On my first trek into Ultimecia's Castle, I found myself wondering what
    the best setup was for distributing my GFs. For instance, I wanted to
    make sure all the major stat junctions were available for all three
    party members, and I also wanted as many characters as possible to have
    the Initiative ability. I couldn't find anything like this in any of the
    numerous FAQs on Final Fantasy VIII, so I did the work for myself and
    eventually turned it into this guide.
    
    Why not just use items to add needed abilities to GFs? Well, the items
    can sometimes be hard to come by. There just aren't items for some
    abilities (Hit-J and Initiative, for example). Sometimes, the items are
    better used by refining them into other things, like Pulse Ammo or
    Ultima spells. You're free to add abilities however you want, but these
    setups will require the least work to have fully-junctioned characters.
    
    
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      2.  THE SETUPS
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    The setups here are made for Squall and two other character archetypes:
    a physical powerhouse (we'll call him Fighter), and a magic user (we'll
    call her Healer). Why do it this way? It makes things much easier when
    you're Junction Exchanging between characters and/or parties. Instead of
    trying to figure out all the distribution issues every time you switch
    party members, you just Junction Exchange a Fighter for a Fighter, and a
    Healer for a Healer. If you don't like that, feel free to do it your own 
    way--just be aware that this guide won't do you any good.
    
    I use Zell and Irvine as Fighters, and Rinoa and Quistis as Healers--the
    reason being that Zell and Irvine have physical limit breaks, while
    Quistis and Rinoa have magic-based ones. That leaves Selphie. While
    leveling her up, it's best to stick her as a Healer; but since Rinoa and
    Quistis are better magic users than Selphie (in my opinion), I usually
    stick her in the party opposite Squall and have her take over his
    Junctions in multi-party scenarios. Really, it's up to you how you
    assign these characters, but these are my suggestions.
    
    So, using this guide, here's how you pick your party:
    
    Squall or Selphie
    Zell or Irvine
    Rinoa or Quistis (or possibly Selphie)
    
    In multi-party scenarios, the other party is just made of the remaining
    three characters.
    
    One more note: I usually give new setups when you acquire new GFs. You
    may actually want to hold off on the new setups until the new GFs have
    learned all the abilities (usually Junctions) that you want. For
    instance, once you get Pandemona, I list him (her?) as a Spd-J on
    Squall, even though Pandemona has to gain 120 AP to learn Spd-J. That's
    why I list the GF that provides the ability: so you can make sure to
    learn the needed abilities first.
    
    
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      [2.1]  DISC 1
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    You can start this setup as soon as you begin the Dollet mission. To
    begin with, stick your Fighter with Ifrit, your Healer with Quezacotl,
    and Squall with Shiva. Although Siren has the Mag Bonus ability and is
    better-suited for the Healer, stick her on the Fighter for now to get
    better Junction coverage. (Thanks to Mr Hangman for pointing this out.)
    I recommend getting Diablos as soon as possible to make use of his great
    abilities--I got him immediately after receiving the lamp from Cid. Give
    Diablos to Squall, as Diablos and Shiva don't overlap each other at all.
    When you get Brothers, give them to your Healer. This should carry you
    through until the end of Disc 1.
    
    Although it's a good idea to avoid gaining any levels until later in the
    game, REALLY try to avoid it in Disc 1, since Squall won't be getting
    any level-up bonuses with this setup.
    
    When you get Carbuncle, stick him on the Fighter, to give him a Vit-J
    and Abilityx3.
    
    [Siren, Brothers, and Diablos are in brackets because you don't start
    with them. So you won't have these abilities in the beginning of Disc 1.
    That's all this means.]
    
    
                    FIGHTER         HEALER          SQUALL
    
    HP Bonus        --              [Brothers]      --
    Str Bonus       Ifrit           --              --
    Mag Bonus       [Siren]         --              --
    
    HP-J            Ifrit           Quezacotl       [Diablos]
    Str-J           Ifrit           [Brothers]      Shiva
    Vit-J           --              Quezacotl       Shiva
    Mag-J           [Siren]         Quezacotl       [Diablos]
    Spr-J           --              [Brothers]      Shiva
    Hit-J           --              --              [Diablos]
    Elem-Atk-J      Ifrit           Quezacotl       Shiva
    Elem-Defx2      Ifrit           Quezacotl       Shiva
    ST-Atk-J        [Siren]         --              --
    ST-Def-Jx2      [Siren]         --              --
    Abilityx3       --              --              [Diablos]
    
    HP+80%          --              [Brothers]      [Diablos]
    Str+40%         Ifrit           --              --
    Vit+40%         --              --              Shiva
    Mag+40%         --              Quezacotl       [Diablos]
    Spr+40%         --              --              Shiva
    Mug             --              --              [Diablos]
    
    Doom            --              --              Shiva
    Card            --              Quezacotl       --
    Mad Rush        Ifrit           --              --
    Treatment       [Siren]         --              --
    Defend          --              [Brothers]      --
    Darkside        --              --              [Diablos]
    
    Enc-None        --              --              [Diablos]
    Move-Find       [Siren]         --              --
    
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                    Ifrit           Quezacotl       Shiva
                    Siren           Brothers        Diablos
    
    
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      [2.2]  EARLY DISC 2
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    This setup kicks in after you get Leviathan and lasts until you get
    Pandemona. Switch Siren back to the Healer and give Leviathan and
    Carbuncle to the Fighter. You might want to wait until Carbuncle has
    learned all his junctions before you switch over to this setup.
    
    
                    FIGHTER         HEALER          SQUALL
    
    HP Bonus        --              --              Brothers
    Str Bonus       Ifrit           --              --
    Vit Bonus       Carbuncle       --              --
    Mag Bonus       --              Siren           --
    Spr Bonus       --              Leviathan       --
    
    HP-J            Ifrit           Quezacotl       Diablos
    Str-J           Ifrit           Brothers        Shiva
    Vit-J           Carbuncle       Quezacotl       Shiva
    Mag-J           Carbuncle       Quezacotl       Diablos
    Spr-J           Leviathan       Brothers        Shiva
    Hit-J           --              --              Diablos
    Elem-Atk-J      Ifrit           Quezacotl       Shiva
    Elem-Defx2      Ifrit           Quezacotl       Shiva
    ST-Atk-J        Carbuncle       Siren           --
    ST-Def-Jx2      Carbuncle       Siren           --
    Abilityx3       Carbuncle       --              Diablos
    
    HP+40%          Carbuncle       Brothers        --
    HP+80%          --              Brothers        --
    Str+40%         Ifrit           --              --
    Vit+40%         Carbuncle       --              Shiva
    Mag+40%         --              Quezacotl       Diablos
    Spr+40%         Leviathan       --              Shiva
    Mug             --              --              Diablos
    Counter         Carbuncle       --              --
    Auto-Reflect    Carbuncle       --              --
    Auto-Potion     Leviathan       --              --
    
    Doom            --              --              Shiva
    Card            --              Quezacotl       --
    Mad Rush        Ifrit           --              --
    Treatment       --              Siren           --
    Defend          --              Brothers        --
    Darkside        --              --              Diablos
    Recover         Leviathan       --              --
    
    Enc-None        --              --              Diablos
    Move-Find       --              Siren           --
    
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                    Ifrit           Quezacotl       Shiva
                    Carbuncle       Siren           Diablos
                    Leviathan       Brothers
    
    
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      [2.3]  LATE DISC 2 / EARLY DISC 3
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    This kicks in as soon as you get Pandemona, but you might want to wait
    until you get Cerberus to switch over to this setup. Also, Alexander
    could just as easily go on Squall (which would give him Elem-Def-Jx4).
    Alexander's just kind of an odd-man-out with this setup.
    
    Don't gain any levels! Once you get Cactuar in Disc 3, you can gain all
    the levels you want. In fact, that's what the next setup is devoted to.
    
    
                    FIGHTER         HEALER          SQUALL
    
    HP Bonus        --              Brothers        --
    Str Bonus       Ifrit           --              --
    Vit Bonus       --              Carbuncle       --
    Mag Bonus       --              Siren           --
    Spr Bonus       --              Leviathan       --
    
    HP-J            Ifrit           Brothers        Diablos
    Str-J           Ifrit           Brothers        Shiva
    Vit-J           Quezacotl       Carbuncle       Shiva
    Mag-J           Quezacotl       Siren           Diablos
    Spr-J           Cerberus        Brothers        Shiva
    Spd-J           Cerberus        --              Pandemona
    Hit-J           Cerberus        --              Diablos
    Elem-Atk-J      Ifrit           Leviathan       Shiva
    Elem-Defx2      Ifrit           Leviathan       Shiva
    Elem-Defx4      Alexander       --              --
    ST-Atk-J        Cerberus        Siren           --
    ST-Def-Jx2      Cerberus        Siren           --
    ST-Def-Jx4      Cerberus        --              --
    Abilityx3       Cerberus        Carbuncle       Diablos
    
    HP+40%          --              Brothers        Diablos
    HP+80%          --              Brothers        Diablos
    Str+40%         Ifrit           --              Pandemona
    Vit+40%         --              Carbuncle       Shiva
    Mag+40%         Quezacotl       Siren           Diablos
    Spr+40%         Alexander       Leviathan       Shiva
    Spd+40%         Cerberus        --              Pandemona
    Mug             --              --              Diablos
    Med-Data        Alexander       --              --
    Counter         --              Carbuncle       --
    Expendx2-1      Cerberus        --              --
    Auto-Reflect    --              Carbuncle       --
    Auto-Potion     --              Leviathan       --
    Auto-Haste      Cerberus        --              --
    Initiative      --              --              Pandemona
    
    Card            Quezacotl       --              --
    Treatment       --              Siren           --
    Defend          --              Brothers        --
    Darkside        --              --              Diablos
    Recover         --              Leviathan       --
    Revive          Alexander       --              --
    
    Enc-None        --              --              Diablos
    Move-Find       --              Siren           --
    
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                    Ifrit           Siren           Shiva
                    Quezacotl       Brothers        Diablos
                    Cerberus        Carbuncle       Pandemona
                    Alexander       Leviathan
    
    
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      [2.4]  LEVELING UP (WITH SQUALL)
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    Most people will tell you not to level up in Final Fantasy VIII. This is
    because the monsters level up with you, so the game can actually become
    harder as you level up. However, toward the end of the game (in Disc 3),
    you gain access to most of the Bonus skills that award stat raises upon
    leveling up. Once you gain access to these, leveling up can actually be
    beneficial. How much you do is up to you, but here's a way to get the
    most out of it.
    
    I didn't really include two GFs in this chart: Bahamut and Eden. The
    reason for Eden is that the lower levels of the Deep Sea Research Center
    are among the best places in the game to level up, and you can't get
    Eden until after that. The reason for Bahamut... well, I was assuming
    you'd want to get some leveling done before fighting Bahamut. If you DO
    have Bahamut, I paired him with Cactuar to make full use of all of
    Cactuar's Bonus abilities (remember that Bahamut has Abilityx4). (All
    GFs can learn Abilityx4 with the Rosetta Stone. Read more about it in
    Section 4.)
    
    In major fights, I usually have the Healer at full health and the
    Fighter and Squall at lower health so they can use their Limit Breaks.
    That's why I gave the Healer the Vit and Spr Bonuses--so she can stay
    alive longer. I gave the Fighter the HP Bonus so he can have as many HP
    as possible while keeping the number in the critical zone. For Squall, I
    usually give him the Str, Vit, and Spr Bonuses (with Abilityx4, I add
    the HP Bonus), but it's really up to you and how you use him.
    
    This setup was made assuming you're leveling up Squall along with the
    others. If Squall is already at level 100 (or if you kill him off to
    level up other party members), the next setup will probably work better
    for you.
    
    
                    FIGHTER         HEALER          SQUALL
    
    HP Bonus        Brothers        --              Cactuar
    Str Bonus       Ifrit           --              Cactuar
    Vit Bonus       --              Carbuncle       Cactuar
    Mag Bonus       --              Siren           Cactuar
    Spr Bonus       --              Leviathan       Cactuar
    
    HP-J            Ifrit           Carbuncle       Diablos
    Str-J           Ifrit           --              Shiva
    Vit-J           Quezacotl       Carbuncle       Shiva
    Mag-J           Cerberus        Siren           Diablos
    Spr-J           Brothers        Leviathan       Shiva
    Spd-J           Cerberus        [Eden]          Pandemona
    Eva-J           --              [Eden]          Cactuar
    Hit-J           Cerberus        [Eden]          Diablos
    Luck-J          --              --              Cactuar
    Elem-Atk-J      Ifrit           Leviathan       Doomtrain
    Elem-Defx2      Ifrit           Leviathan       Pandemona
    Elem-Defx4      --              Alexander       Doomtrain
    ST-Atk-J        Cerberus        Siren           Doomtrain
    ST-Def-Jx2      Cerberus        Siren           --
    ST-Def-Jx4      Cerberus        --              Doomtrain
    Abilityx3       Cerberus        Alexander       Diablos
    Abilityx4       --              --              [Bahamut]
    
    HP+40%          Brothers        Carbuncle       Diablos
    HP+80%          Brothers        --              Diablos
    Str+40%         Ifrit           --              Pandemona
    Str+60%         --              --              [Bahamut]
    Vit+40%         --              Carbuncle       Shiva
    Mag+40%         Quezacotl       Siren           --
    Mag+60%         --              --              [Bahamut]
    Spr+40%         --              Leviathan       Shiva
    Spd+40%         Cerberus        --              Pandemona
    Eva+30%         Tonberry        --              Cactuar
    Luck+50%        Tonberry        [Eden]          Cactuar
    Mug             --              --              Diablos
    Med Data        --              Alexander       --
    Counter         --              Carbuncle       --
    Expendx2-1      Cerberus        --              Cactuar
    Expendx3-1      --              [Eden]          --
    Auto-Reflect    --              Carbuncle       --
    Auto-Shell      --              --              Doomtrain
    Auto-Protect    --              --              [Bahamut]
    Auto-Haste      Cerberus        --              --
    Initiative      Tonberry        --              Cactuar
    Auto-Potion     Tonberry        Leviathan       Cactuar
    Move-HP Up      Tonberry        --              Cactuar
    
    Card            Quezacotl       --              --
    LV Down/Up      Tonberry        --              --
    Treatment       --              Siren           --
    Defend          Brothers        --              Cactuar
    Darkside        --              [Eden]          Diablos
    Recover         --              Leviathan       --
    Absorb          --              --              Doomtrain
    Revive          --              Alexander       --
    
    Alert           Cerberus        --              --
    Enc-None        --              --              Diablos
    Move-Find       --              Siren           --
    Rare Item       --              --              [Bahamut]
    
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                    Quezacotl       Siren           Shiva
                    Ifrit           Carbuncle       Diablos
                    Brothers        Leviathan       Pandemona
                    Cerberus        Alexander       Doomtrain
                    Tonberry        [Eden]          [Bahamut]
                                                    Cactuar
    
    
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      [2.5]  LEVELING UP (WITHOUT SQUALL)
    ========================================================================
    
    Same as above, but Squall is already at level 100 and won't need
    level-up bonuses. Also, the Fighter and Healer have access to all
    bonuses--so now, you have the freedom to boost the Healer's strength or
    the Fighter's magic or spirit stats if you want to.
    
    
                    FIGHTER         HEALER          SQUALL
    
    HP Bonus        Cactuar         Brothers        --
    Str Bonus       Cactuar         Ifrit           --
    Vit Bonus       Cactuar         Carbuncle       --
    Mag Bonus       Cactuar         Siren           --
    Spr Bonus       Cactuar         Leviathan       --
    
    HP-J            Quezacotl       Carbuncle       Diablos
    Str-J           Cerberus        Ifrit           Shiva
    Vit-J           Quezacotl       Carbuncle       Shiva
    Mag-J           Cerberus        Siren           Diablos
    Spr-J           Cerberus        Leviathan       Shiva
    Spd-J           Cerberus        [Eden]          Pandemona
    Eva-J           Cactuar         [Eden]          --
    Hit-J           Cerberus        [Eden]          Diablos
    Luck-J          Cactuar         --              --
    Elem-Atk-J      Quezacotl       Leviathan       Doomtrain
    Elem-Defx2      Quezacotl       Leviathan       Pandemona
    Elem-Defx4      --              Alexander       Doomtrain
    ST-Atk-J        Cerberus        Siren           Doomtrain
    ST-Def-Jx2      Cerberus        Siren           --
    ST-Def-Jx4      Cerberus        --              Doomtrain
    Abilityx3       Cerberus        Alexander       Diablos
    Abilityx4       Bahamut         --              --
    
    HP+40%          --              Carbuncle       Diablos
    HP+80%          --              Brothers        Diablos
    Str+40%         --              Ifrit           Pandemona
    Str+60%         Bahamut         --              --
    Vit+40%         --              Carbuncle       Shiva
    Mag+40%         Quezacotl       Siren           Diablos
    Mag+60%         Bahamut         --              --
    Spr+40%         --              Leviathan       Shiva
    Spd+40%         Cerberus        --              Pandemona
    Eva+30%         Cactuar         --              Tonberry
    Luck+50%        Cactuar         [Eden]          Tonberry
    Mug             Bahamut         --              Diablos
    Med Data        --              Alexander       --
    Counter         --              Carbuncle       --
    Expx2-1         Cactuar         --              --
    Expx3-1         --              [Eden]          --
    Auto-Reflect    --              Carbuncle       --
    Auto-Shell      --              --              Doomtrain
    Auto-Protect    Bahamut         --              --
    Auto-Haste      Cerberus        --              --
    Initiative      Cactuar         --              Pandemona
    Auto-Potion     Cactuar         Leviathan       Tonberry
    Move-HP Up      Cactuar         --              Tonberry
    
    Card            Quezacotl       --              --
    LV Down/Up      --              --              Tonberry
    Treatment       --              Siren           --
    Defend          Cactuar         Brothers        --
    Darkside        --              [Eden]          Diablos
    Recover         --              Leviathan       --
    Absorb          --              --              Doomtrain
    Revive          --              Alexander       --
    
    Alert           Cerberus        --              --
    Enc-None        --              --              Diablos
    Move-Find       --              Siren           --
    Rare Item       Bahamut         --              --
    
                    ==========================================
    
                    Quezacotl       Ifrit           Shiva
                    Cerberus        Siren           Diablos
                    Bahamut         Brothers        Pandemona
                    Cactuar         Carbuncle       Doomtrain
                                    Leviathan       Tonberry
                                    Alexander
                                    [Eden]
    
    
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      [2.6]  FINAL SETUP
    ========================================================================
    
    This is an ideal setup for tackling Ultimecia's Castle, but it applies
    for any boss battles toward the end of the game. This setup assumes a
    few things:
    
    1. You have all GFs.
    2. You have all abilities.
    3. You're not worried about HP bonus, Str bonus, Mag bonus, or anything
    related to leveling up. (So you'll probably be using Enc-None.)
    4. You don't care too much about lower-level abilities, like Card and
    Mad Rush. You can still use them, but I didn't take them into account
    for this chart.
    
    Anyway, without further ado, the Final Setup:
    
    
                    FIGHTER         HEALER          SQUALL
    
    HP-J            Ifrit           Brothers        Diablos
    Str-J           Ifrit           Brothers        Shiva
    Vit-J           Quezacotl       Carbuncle       Shiva
    Mag-J           Cerberus        Siren           Diablos
    Spr-J           Cerberus        Brothers        Shiva
    Spd-J           Cerberus        Eden            Pandemona
    Eva-J           Cactuar         Eden            --
    Hit-J           Cerberus        Eden            Diablos
    Luck-J          Cactuar         --              --
    Elem-Atk-J      Quezacotl       Brothers        Shiva
    Elem-Defx2      Ifrit           Leviathan       Pandemona
    Elem-Defx4      Alexander       --              Doomtrain
    ST-Atk-J        Cerberus        Siren           Doomtrain
    ST-Def-Jx2      Cerberus        Siren           --
    ST-Def-Jx4      Cerberus        --              Doomtrain
    Abilityx3       Cerberus        Carbuncle       Diablos
    Abilityx4       --              --              Bahamut
    
    HP+80%          --              Brothers        Diablos
    Str+40%         Ifrit           --              Pandemona
    Str+60%         --              --              Bahamut
    Vit+40%         --              Carbuncle       Shiva
    Mag+40%         Quezacotl       Siren           Diablos
    Mag+60%         --              --              Bahamut
    Spr+40%         Alexander       Leviathan       Shiva
    Spd+40%         Cerberus        --              Pandemona
    Eva+30%         Cactuar         Tonberry        --
    Luck+50%        Cactuar         Tonberry        --
    Mug             --              --              Diablos
    Med Data        Alexander       --              --
    Counter         --              Carbuncle       --
    Expendx2-1      Cactuar         --              Bahamut
    Expendx3-1      --              Eden            --
    Auto-Reflect    --              Carbuncle       --
    Auto-Shell      --              --              Doomtrain
    Auto-Protect    --              --              Bahamut
    Auto-Haste      Cerberus        --              --
    Initiative      Cactuar         Tonberry        Pandemona
    Auto-Potion     Cactuar         Tonberry        --
    Move-HP Up      Cactuar         Tonberry        --
    
    Treatment       --              Siren           --
    Defend          Cactuar         Brothers        --
    Darkside        --              Eden            Diablos
    Recover         --              Leviathan       --
    Absorb          --              --              Pandemona
    Revive          Alexander       --              --
    
    Enc-None        --              --              Diablos
    Move-Find       --              Siren           --
    Rare Item       --              --              Bahamut
    
                    ==========================================
    
                    Quezacotl       Siren           Shiva
                    Ifrit           Brothers        Diablos
                    Cerberus        Carbuncle       Pandemona
                    Alexander       Leviathan       Doomtrain
                    Cactuar         Tonberry        Bahamut
                                    Eden
    
    ========================================================================
      3.  GENERAL TIPS  -  Why I Made That Chart the Way I Did
    ========================================================================
    
    This is a bit of my reasoning behind all that madness above. It made
    sense to me, but I thought I'd better write it out to give people a
    better understanding of GF distribution.
    
    - In a perfect world, every character would have junctions for HP,
    Strength, Vitality, Magic, Spirit, and Speed. That's first priority when
    choosing GFs.
    
    - If you give one or two characters Spd-J, don't expect to get much use
    out of the remaining one or two characters. Spd-J is the first thing I
    make sure every character has.
    
    - Initiative can be invaluable--especially if you want to start a fight
    with low HP to enable Limit Breaks. That little trick allowed me to kill
    Ultima Weapon in four turns before he had a chance to do anything.
    
    - Make sure every character has Abilityx3. (Abilityx4 can be
    substituted, if you so desire.)
    
    - Squall doesn't need Hit-J. All of his weapons have a hit value of 255.
    Selphie's final weapon also has a hit value of 255, which is part of why
    I lumped the two of them into one category.
    
    - Squall doesn't need a high Luck stat, either. His critical hits are
    determined by how competent you are at pressing the trigger button. A
    Luck-J better serves the Fighter, as it gives him more critical hits.
    
    - If you plan on using Enc-None, that's one less ability available to
    the character equipped with it. That's why I usually pair Bahamut
    (Abilityx4) with Diablos (Enc-None).
    
    - There are a couple GFs I call "Big Fight Preparation GFs." These GFs
    are Cerberus, Carbuncle, and Doomtrain. I put each of these on a
    different character so that you can call them in the first three turns
    if you so desire.
    
    
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      4.  GF ITEMS
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    These setups are usually pretty balanced; but occasionally, you'll have
    one that's really lacking in a particular area. That's where the GF
    items come in. Here are a few of the more notable ones and how you can
    get your hands on them.
    
      HP-J Scroll           GF learns "HP-J" Ability
      Str-J Scroll          GF learns "Str-J" Ability
      Vit-J Scroll          GF learns "Vit-J" Ability
      Mag-J Scroll          GF learns "Mag-J" Ability
      Spr-J Scroll          GF learns "Spr-J" Ability
        How to get:           Buy in Timber Pet Shop (with Familiar)
        Other uses:           See Gaea's Ring, Hyper Wrist, Adamantine,
                                Magic Armlet, and Royal Crown
    
      Spd-J Scroll          GF learns "Spd-J" Ability
        How to get:           Mug Cerberus
                              Find in Lunatic Pandora
        Other uses:           10 will refine into 1 Jet Engine
    
      Luck-J Scroll         GF learns "Luck-J" Ability
        How to get:           Mug Odin
                              Find during Obel Lake sidequest
        Other uses:           1 Luck-J Scroll --> 1 Luck Up
    
      Aegis Amulet          GF learns "Eva-J" Ability
        How to get:           Drop from UFO
                              50 Barriers --> 1 Aegis Amulet
        Other uses:           2 Aegis Amulets --> 1 Spd Up
                              1 Aegis Amulet --> 100 Haste spells
    
      Elem Atk              GF learns "Elem-Atk-J" Ability
        How to get:           1000 Energy Crystals (!) --> 20 Samantha Souls
                                --> 1 Elem Atk
                              1 Ifrit card --> 3 Elem Atks
        Other uses:           1 Elem Atk --> 4 Elixers
    
      Elem Guard            GF learns "Elem-Defx4" Ability
        How to get:           5 Diamond Armors --> 1 Elem Guard
                              1 Selphie card --> 3 Elem Guards
        Other uses:           1 Elem Guard --> 4 Elixers
    
      Status Atk            GF learns "St-Atk-J" Ability
        How to get:           20 Royal Crowns --> 1 Status Atk
                              1 Siren card --> 3 Status Atks
        Other uses:           1 Status Atk --> 4 Elixers
    
      Status Guard          GF learns "St-Defx4" Ability
        How to get:           Found in Shumi Village sidequest
                              1 Doomtrain card --> 10 Status Guards
        Other uses:           1 Status Guard --> 4 Elixers
    
      Rosetta Stone         GF learns "Abilityx4" Ability
        How to get:           Found in Cheryl's Shop, Esthar (while Lunatic
                                Pandora is passing over)
                              Found in Ultimecia's Castle
                              1 Shaman Stone --> 1 Rosetta Stone
        Other uses:           1 Rosetta Stone --> 1 Shaman Stone
    
      Gaea's Ring           GF learns "HP+80%" Ability
        How to get:           100 HP-J Scrolls --> 10 Giant's Rings --> 1
                                Gaea's Ring
                              1 Ward card --> 3 Gaea's Rings
        Other uses:           1 Gaea's Ring --> 1 HP Up
    
      Hyper Wrist           GF learns "Str+60%" Ability
        How to get:           Mug Bahamut
                              100 Str-J Scrolls --> 10 Power Wrists --> 1
                                Hyper Wrist
                              1 Zell card --> 3 Hyper Wrists
        Other uses:           10 Hyper Wrists --> 1 Str Up
    
      Adamantine            GF learns "Vit+60%" Ability
        How to get:           Drop from Adamantoise (lvl. 30+)
                              20 Vit-J Scrolls --> 10 Orihalcons --> 1
                                Adamantine
                              1 Minotaur card --> 10 Adamantines
        Other uses:           5 Adamantines --> 1 Vit Up
                              20 Adamantines --> 1 Steel Curtain
    
      Magic Armlet          GF learns "Spr+60%" Ability
        How to get:           10 Force Armlets --> 1 Magic Armlet
                              1 Rinoa Card --> 3 Magic Armlets
        Other uses:           10 Magic Armlets --> 1 Spr Up
                              20 Magic Armlets --> 1 Moon Curtain
    
      Royal Crown           GF learns "Mag+60%" Ability
        How to get:           Mug Edea (Galbadia Garden)
                              100 Spr-J Scrolls --> 10 Hypno Crowns --> 1
                                Royal Crown
                              1 Edea Card --> 3 Royal Crowns
        Other uses:           10 Royal Crowns --> 1 Mag Up
                              20 Royal Crowns --> 1 Status Atk
    
      Rocket Engine         GF learns "Spd+40%" Ability
        How to get:           100 Spd-J Scrolls --> 10 Jet Engines --> 1
                                Rocket Engine
                              1 Irvine card --> 3 Rocket Engines
        Other uses:           5 Rocket Engines --> 1 Spd Up
    
      Three Stars           GF learns "Expendx3-1" Ability
        How to get:           Found during Obel Lake sidequest
                              Mug Ultima Weapon
                              Drop from Omega Weapon
                              1 Squall card --> 3 Three Stars
        Other uses:           1 Three Stars --> 100 Triple spells
    
    
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      5.  WHAT'S NEXT?
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    Just corrections. E-mail me if you find anything wrong here.
    
    
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      6. THANK-YOUS, CREDITS, AND OTHER STUFF
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    Thanks to Headmaster_Cid, Mr Hangman, Vilurum, and anyone who's helped
    to refine this guide.
    
    Thanks to GameFAQs.com for hosting the guide, and doing everything else
    that they do.
    
    I'm a Christian, but I feel kind of cheesy thanking God for this guide;
    however, I would like to briefly express how much I appreciate Him just
    being there.
    
    Thanks to Square for making such great games. (But no thanks for
    stopping after FF9!)
    
    
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      7.  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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    Brandon is a deadbeat college graduate with little discernable purpose
    in life. But he's in a band. He plays bass and acoustic guitars and
    drums, and he rocks out really hard. If you want to know more than that,
    go to his personal website:
    
    http://brandon.pulpexplosion.com
    
    He also runs a web-zine with no purpose or direction:
    
    http://www.pulpexplosion.com
    
    And he contributes to a blog that discusses Christian faith and Liberal
    politics:
    
    http://bornagainliberal.blogspot.com
    
    Brandon has one interest and only one interest, and that is candy. If
    you have some, please let him know.